Continue Your Education
Considering an advanced degree?
The decision to pursue an advanced degree should not be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider before applying to a particular school.
Whether pursuing a doctorate degree in medicine, law, or a particular discipline; or pursuing a master degree, for example, an MBA or Master of Nursing (or another discipline), it is important to understand the differences in degrees and how they will impact your career and lifestyle.
It is best to seek advice from pre-professional advisors, career professionals, faculty and professionals in the field before applying to schools.
While it is important to note that each program may request its own preferred components to an application, below are the most common documents requested:
- Application Form
- Resume and cover letter
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose (PDF)
- Additional Supplementary Essays
- College transcripts (office copy)
- Exam scores (i.e. MCAT, LSAT, GRE)
For most advanced degrees, the application process will begin in the spring of junior year; that is if you plan to matriculate the fall or summer immediately following graduation.
Those interested in pursuing or considering an advanced degree, should meet with their advisor in the fall of junior year to review the required application components and application timeline for their particular discipline.
Resources and Advisors
Basic Grad School Application Timeline (PDF)
List of Pre-Professional Advisors (PDF)
Graduate School Search & Prep
Grad Schools.com (Program Search)
Petersons.com (Program Search)
My Graduate School (Blog)
Medical School Admission AAMC
Law School Admission Council LSAC